Today I was asked to tell how I started sharing my drawings by Miss Gwyn.
This is a story I don't often tell, some of you may understand, and some of you might think I'm a giant nut job,lol. I have decided to risk it... cause, well.... I am a nut job,lol.
Our family went through a really rough time. Like a lot of others money was extremely tight...
We were having some issues with one of our children, which in turn took our financial issues to past the bottom of the barrel status, and she decided she wanted to live in a different home... We had lost our only truck, and eventually our home as a result. Both of
my parents had passed away from cancer within 7 months to the day of each other. It was truly one of the lowest points in my life. Looking back, I'm surprised that I made it. We all have times like that.... then you look back and are amazed at the strength you had.
Anyway.... One month we didn't have enough in our account to pay some of our bills. We had to
ask our church for help. That was really hard. I don't accept help well, I'm much better at being the helper,lol. While we were visiting with our "pastor" , (Mormons call them Bishops), we asked him to pray with us. Those who are thinking back to the nut job status may want to skip this,lol. I asked him to ask Heavenly Father to help us become self sufficient, so that we could provide for our family. The following day I had the thought that I should start a blog. I thought this was really stupid, because I didn't really even know what a blog was, let alone how to start one. Well, it wouldn't go away. Finally I sat down and figured it out. I wanted to somehow bring my parents into the blog as well.... that's where the name melonheadz came from. (When I was little, my dad always said he was going to "thump my melon",lol.) I started out scanning in my drawings and coloring them in my paint program. The were a little sad, and not at all professional, but to my surprise, I had a few followers! About 2 weeks after that, I got noticed by www.freedigitalstamps.blogspot.com
and I had 2000 views in one day!!!!! I about had a heart attack!
Along the way there have been many small blessings, and big ones too. People have been brought into my life to suggest and prod, and nag (lol!) me onto my path. My friend James taught me how to use the computer programs that I use now. He is awesome! He even would process my drawings for me, just out of the goodness in his heart. I just couldn't afford the software. And then one day, I found out that my neighbor John, worked for the company that makes the software I use! Weird right? He got me the $1200 software package, for about 1/6th of that price. I couldn't believe it! Once I figured it out, (It takes me a total of 4 programs to make a usable image.... I'm sure there's an easier way,lol) my graphics were a much better quality. Miss Rachelle (I get to meet her next month!!!) talked me into an etsy shop... Miss Penny talked me into a TPT shop... Not to mention Miss Natalie and all of her suggestions! And Misty and Erika from HBBD, I wish I could list everyone by name. And my family!!!
Now you can see why I cherish each and everyone of you. I thank you for your continued support,
friendship, opportunities, and love. Your suggestions and comments mean the world to me.
Thank you for helping me fulfill my dream.